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June 1, 2016 | SuzyQ
This film explores Guthrie's creative genius -- his life and music as well as lesser known talents like writing and painting. His music has been recorded by everyone from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to U2.
Examines the life of the controversial master of the Broadway musical and ballet choreographer Jerome Robbins. Features excerpts from Robbins' work, including never-before-seen rehearsal footage, and interviews with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Laurents, Peter Martins, Frank Rich, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harrick, Joseph Stein, and others.
Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, also known as the "Great Bird of the Galaxy", passed away in 1991. His son, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry was only 17 years old. As a teenager, Rod never knew the impact his father had on the world, but as a man, he'll find out. This film details Rod's trek across America to discover his father through his friends, his work, and his influence. Includes interviews with Star Trek actors, fans, friends and family, and entertainment's most iconic figures.
Profiles American photographer Dorothea Lange, who came to the the attention of the world with her photographs documenting the Great Depression, and achieved lasting fame in the post-War years.
Richard Pryor's impact on the craft of comedy and today's top comics is legendary and unrivaled. The program surveys the profound and enduring influence of one of the greatest American comics of all time.
An account of author Louisa May Alcott's life through re-enactments and scholar interviews.
Profile of Misty Copeland, the first African-American woman to become principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater.
A look at the life of controversial musician, activist, and environmentalist Pete Seeger, and how he used his songs to promote social change. Includes archival footage and interviews with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, and more.
The documentary uses Graham Greene's own words from his books and recordings, as well as photographs and clips from his many films, to reveal the fascinating life of one of the great writers of the twentieth century. The cast includes John Le Carre, psychologist Kay Jamison, critic David Lodge, Time correspondent Bernard Diederich, former CIA Inspector General Fredrick Hitz, and Greene's daughter Caroline Bourget.
An examination of the life of author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. The film follows Hurston, best known for her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, to the subtropical paradise that shaped her childhood and her life's work - where she returned again and again for inspiration and solace. .
Examines the photography, poetry, writing, music and life of Gordon Parks.
Internationally acclaimed sculptor, Alexander Calder, invented an art form, the mobile, which incorporates motion into sculpture. Having created over 16,000 works of art, ranging from tiny mobiles that would fit in a matchbox to soaring monuments over seven stories high, Calder ranks as one of the twentieth century's most important artists.
The life and career of Gene Kelly who revolutionized musical and movie dancing, making it accessible for all people. Uses extended film clips, interviews with colleagues and critics and filmed interview segments from 1976 with Kelly.
The life and career of Les Paul, pioneer of the solid-body electric guitar and multi-track recording.
Uses interviews and archival footage to tell the story of the melodramatic life and stunning architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Presents previously unseen performance footage, home movies, archival materials, and commentary to provide new insight into the life and career of rock legend Jimi Hendrix.
Poet, storyteller, actress, dancer, and passionate activist Maya Angelou gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before. Hers was a prolific life in which she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. This unprecedented film celebrates Dr. Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos that show her impact on the world. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana to her inaugural speech for President Bill Clinton, the film takes us on an incredible journey through the life of a true American icon.
The life of Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, whose visionary buildings include St. Louis2s Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan.
Takes a look at naturalist John James Audubon's work and his work documenting American birds and their habitats.
Chronicles the life of television producer and social activist, Norman Lear.
She "turned the world on with her smile" on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and countless movie roles. This special features dozens of classic clips-plus comments from Betty White, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, and Mary Tyler Moore herself. Plus, Oprah Winfrey recounts Mary Tyler Moore's critical role in inspiring Oprah and millions of others as TV's first independent career woman..
Explore the life and legacy of August Wilson, the playwright some call America's Shakespeare, who chronicled the twentieth-century black experience. Features James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, Viola Davis, new dramatic readings, and rare footage.
Composer, conductor, genius, and mensch: Marvin Hamlisch earned four Grammys, four Emmys, three Oscars, three Golden Globes, a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize before his untimely death, making him one of only two PEGOT winners ever. Hit after hit; The Way We Were, Nobody Does It Better and scores for The Sting, Sophie's Choice and the Broadway juggernaut A Chorus Line, made him the go-to composer and performer for film and Broadway.
Explore the life of Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning novelist Philip Roth. He steadily earned his reputation as a man of letters, commanding ownership of the Jewish-American novel and making Newark New Jersey, a literary destination, while practically inventing the genre of factual-fictional autobiography.
Narrated by actress Kerry Washington, this film examines the visionary urban planner and landscape architect's impact on the development of America's first great city parks.
An exploration into the life and work of the iconic American, Carl Sandburg. From an impoverished youth on the prairie of Illinois to the halls of Congress and international notoriety, it was a tale of perseverance and success. During his lifetime he was revered, becoming one of the most successful writers of the 20th century, but when he died in 1967, his legacy suffered an unusual an inexplicably fast decline. His work was disparaged and his remarkable life all but forgotten..